Peter Hutt II

    Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

    PETER BARTON HUTT is a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, specializing in Food and Drug Law and a Lecturer on Food and Drug Law at Harvard Law School.  He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School and obtained a Master of Laws degree in Food and Drug Law from NYU Law School.  Mr. Hutt served as Chief Counsel for the Food and Drug Administration during 1971-1975.  He is the co-author of the casebook used to teach Food and Drug Law throughout the country, and has published more than 175 book chapters and articles on Food and Drug Law and health policy.  Beginning in 1994, he has taught a full course on this subject each year during Winter Term at Harvard Law School.  The Dean of Harvard Law School celebrated Mr. Hutt’s 20th year of teaching this course by organizing and chairing a symposium in his honor in January 2013.  In 1998, he taught the same course during Spring Term at Stanford Law School.  Mr. Hutt has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since it was founded in 1971.  He serves on academic, philanthropic, and venture capital advisory boards, and the boards of startup biotechnology companies.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AERAS Global TB Vaccine Foundation.  He has served on the original Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1976, the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, the Panel on the Administrative Restructuring of NIH, and the Working Group to Review Regulatory Activities Within the Division of AIDS of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Mr. Hutt was a consultant in 2007 to the FDA Science Board Subcommittee to review the agency’s science needs in order to perform its regulatory mission, and his report resulted in Congress doubling the FDA appropriations over the next five years.  He has testified before Congress as a witness or accompanying a witness more than a hundred times.  Mr. Hutt was named by The Washingtonian magazine as one of the Washington’s 50 best lawyers (out of more than 40,000) and as one of Washington’s 100 most influential people; by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 best health care lawyers in the United States; and by European Counsel as the best FDA regulatory specialist in Washington, D.C.  In June 2003, Business Week referred to Mr. Hutt as the “unofficial dean of Washington food and drug lawyers.”  In naming Mr. Hutt in September 2005 as one of the eleven best food and drug lawyers, the Legal Times also referred to him as “the dean of the food-and-drug bar.”  In April 2005, Mr. Hutt was presented the FDA Distinguished Alumni Award by the agency.  In May 2005, the Foundation for Biomedical Research gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award for research advocacy.  The FDA Alumni Association gave him the Harvey W. Wiley Award in April 2007 for significant lifetime contribution to the mission of FDA.  He was the subject of a profile in the October 30, 2007 edition of The Hill, entitled “A food and drug super-lawyer, Hutt had auspicious beginnings.”